May 2, 2014 1:00pm PDT
vowing to come down harder on russia if moscow does not quit meddling in ukraine. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. as pro russia protesters shoot helicopters out of the sky, germany's chancellor angela merkel talks about squeezing more sanctions on russia. >> jeb, if you need some advice, give me a call. >> increasingly it seems that republican donors may be inclined to and the pop culture lead, do you think this gives you a respectability that you didn't have before? >> absolutely not. >> joel mchale has something to make fun of, us, the host of "the soup" and the star of "the community" drops by "the lead" ahead of the white house correspondents' dinner. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the world lead. death in ukraine. 31 people died at a trade union building while the cause is not perfectly clear, odessa is currently being torn apart by rioting and clashes between ukrainian royalists and pro-russia activists with thousands positioned near the eastern border. but right here in the u.s., president obama and german chancellor angela merkel
May 1, 2014 1:00pm PDT
give russia a chance, too. you said some encouraging things about putin early on in your term. >> i did? >> i know you came to change your view a bit. did you misjudge him early or were you just trying to open the door? >> i think he changed. of course presidents should open the door and give people a chance, except for the despicable tyrants. at that time it looked like he wanted to work with the west. my first conversation i had with him, we were discussing soviet era debt that saddled the russian federation. he was opening dialogue. then the price of oil went up. and vladimir putin changed. he became, you know, he began to suspend the press. not suspend, eliminate the independent press. >> you think it was tied to the money coming in. >> i think it changed his attitude. i think it emboldened him to follow an instinct that is pretty much zero sum, you know? i win, you lose, and vice versa. i tried to convince him, i'm sure the president has, that we both should win. by both nations doing well, our people do well. it seems like vladimir putin takes a different attitude about such s
Apr 28, 2014 1:00pm PDT
house announces new sanctions against russia. let's talk about this with peter for the national journal and nile with margaret thatcher center for freedom. peter, let me start with you. does refraining from using force and not even having it on the table make the united states look weak to other powers? >> no. first of all, the united states does have it on the table in certain circumstances. but i think obama's context is very important. obama took power after the bush administration had launched two disastrous wars that have cost the united states terribly in money and blood, leaving a situation in the united states where the american people and the american military are very drained of military -- very, very drained from those very, very expensive endeavors. obama's force is entirely appropriate. in ukraine, nobody is even suggesting military force. >> i think that is one of the questions, niles, which is nobody is proposing boots on the ground but republicans are requesting more aggressive aid, lethal aid to the ukrainians. is the president -- >> i think nobody is advocating that u.